Hundreds of young children in Ireland are injured daily in shopping cart accidents. These injuries are often serious enough to merit emergency hospital room treatment.
Trips, slips and falls are also a leading cause of injury to young children particularly in supermarkets. Young children are often injured when they fall out of shopping carts or when they run into carts or when carts tip over and injure them. The most vulnerable are young children under four.
The body region that is often most commonly injured is the head. Children’s heads are heavier in comparison to their bodies and as a result their centre of gravity is high. Their arms are not strong enough to help them break a fall also.
Speaking about the dangers of shopping cart injuries Liam Moloney Solicitor in Naas said today “there are no shopping cart stability standards in Ireland today. Children should only be put in carts that are lower to the ground such as those that look like toy cars or fire engines. If these lower carts are not available parents must be extremely vigilant when carrying children in shopping carts”.